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Motorola DROID Turbo 2 review

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 02:38 PM PST

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Maps, SwiftKey Keyboard

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 01:23 PM PST

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Digitally Imported Radio - Version 3.0.0

Digitally Imported Radio

What's new in this version:

  • Now with Google Cast support for Chromecast & Cast Audio devices.
  • We've revamped our user experience with an all-new player to give you the best listening experience possible. Listeners in the USA will now be able to search for and listen to shows on demand, and can scrub through the tracks as desired.


SwiftKey Keyboard - Version 6.0.0

SwiftKey Keyboard

What's new in this version:

  • Double-Word Prediction: your next two words predicted at once
  • Redesigned & faster emoji panel
  • Complete settings menu overhaul
  • New Carbon Light theme inspired by Material Design
  • 5 new languages: Yoruba, Igbo, Zulu, Xhosa & Breton


Amazon Photos - Version 5.0.0

Amazon Photos

What's new in this version:

  • Create albums with your photos and videos.
  • Edit and rename albums, change an album's cover photo, and easily add or remove photos.
  • Share albums with friends and family.
  • Convert any of your folders into albums with the tap of a button.
  • Explore photos from your past with This Day.


Maps - Version 9.17.1


What's new in this version:

  • Search for gas stations, restaurants and many more places along your route while driving
  • See up-to-date gas prices when searching for gas stations
  • Share what you think of local spots and help others make better decisions about places to go
  • Bug Fixes


Periscope - Version 1.3.0


What's new in this version:

  • SKIP AHEAD IN REPLAYS: When watching a replay, press and hold to instantly jump into any part of the replay. Preview thumbnails help guide you as you seek forwards and backwards. For finer control, follow the on screen instructions.
  • MAPS 2.0: See more broadcasts than ever on the map, including replays. Zoom closer to a city or area, and start exploring!
  • ZOOMING: Pinch to zoom while broadcasting! Finally!
  • "Trending" users highlights an evolving list of recently popular broadcasters.


Z Launcher - Version 1.3.1

Z Launcher Beta

What's new in this version:

  • Synonyms! (English-only) An experimental feature that shows similar installed apps for your scribbled searches (for example, search "music" and you'll see Spotify and Pandora if they are installed)
  • Contacts with WhatsApp now appear in scribble results and launch into the WhatsApp conversation. The more you do this, the more Z Launcher learns to promote these too!
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes


Skyscanner - Version 4.2.0


What's new in this version:

  • New button for switching directions.
  • We improved the visibility of the famous barchart, find it in the calendar.
  • Price Alert currency bug should be fixed now. Sorry for the mess
  • Improved under the hood architecture, so we can react to your feedback faster
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements


Google Play Books - Version 3.6.9

Google Play Books

What's new in this version:

  • The comics section of Google Play Books has also received a redesign, which includes organizing many of the major comic book series by volumes, issues and other editions.


Android Wear - Version 1.4.0

Android Wear

What's new in this version:

  • Interactive watch faces that respond to your touch
  • Together watch face to keep you connected to a friend
  • Weather app to see the forecast for the next 4 days
  • Translate app that lets you tilt your wrist to share a translation


Walgreens - Version 5.3.0


What's new in this version:

  • Live Doctor Consultation is now available in select states. Skip the waiting room and see a doctor right away in a live video call! This feature requires access to your phone & microphone, so you'll notice there is a new permission request for that access.
  • Now you can snooze your Pill Reminders if you want to be reminded a little later.
  • Photo cards are now available in a 4×8 size.


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Deal: Unlocked Nexus 5 available for $149

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 12:08 PM PST

While it is now multiple generations removed from being the new Nexus on the block the Nexus 5 is still solid hardware and worthy of consideration for someone trying to get by on a budget or to buy a device for testing purposes, particularly at the amazingly low price of $149.

For the next 3 days Daily Steals is featuring the 16GB Nexus 5 in black or white for just $149.99. It's factory refurbished and unlocked and includes the charger and cable.

This is unquestionably the cheapest way to get yourself an Android device running Marshmallow so if you crave the latest software and don't want to spend a lot of cash to get it then hit the link below to check it out.

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OnePlus 2 update to OxygenOS 2.1.2 beginning roll out today

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 12:08 PM PST

While we weren't entirely sold on the OnePlus 2, we have to give it to OnePlus that they are remaining consistent with their updates.

Today's update to OxygenOS 2.1.2 is based on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) and will arrive over the air for any existing OnePlus 2 owners. OnePlus cautions that it is a staggered roll out, so if you have not seen the update come through, please do not panic or incite a riot.

Here's the full breakdown of features:

  • Improved UX for preview in Camera
  • Performance improvements on app install and launch
  • Individual icon customization support
  • Fixes for RAW format on 3rd party camera apps
  • Russian & Turkish language support
  • Lockscreen wallpaper support
  • Security patches
  • Bug fixes to System Update to improve OTA stability
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements

Perusing the OnePlus forums, it doesn't look like there are any showstopper problems with the release, so you should be good to install when it appears.

If you are wondering when they are going to hit a Marshmallow-based version of OxygenOS, the latest word remains sometime in early 2016.

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OnePlus 2 gets OxygenOS 2.1.2 with camera fixes, support for icon packs

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 11:39 AM PST

OnePlus 2 gets another OxygenOS update. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidOnePlus is rolling out yet another software update for the OnePlus 2. OxygenOS 2.1.2, which will begin hitting handsets today, brings improvements to the Camera app and fixes RAW format problems inside third-party apps, adds support for icon packs, and more. OnePlus has been terrific at delivering software updates to the OnePlus 2 since the handset

The post OnePlus 2 gets OxygenOS 2.1.2 with camera fixes, support for icon packs appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Going contract-free on Verizon will cost you $20 starting November 15

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 11:23 AM PST

If you are looking to add a new line under Verizon's contract-free device payment plans then you might want to do so prior to November 15th, when a new $20 activation fee will be put into place.

While activation fees are nothing new — legacy customers on 2-year contracts with Verizon have a $40 activation fee for new lines — one of the selling points of the device payment plans was the lack of any upfront cost. Verizon is saying that they are simply no longer waiving the fee, but obviously the end result is the same for the customer either way.

And Verizon is obviously not alone in this. All of the major carriers have some form of activation fee, with AT&T enjoying the crown of most expensive at $45 and T-Mobile the least expensive with the slightly obfuscated $15 SIM Starter Kit.

So if you have been eyeing a new Verizon device payment plan and want to keep an extra $20 in your pocket, you have just today and tomorrow to make that happen.

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Bag Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones for under $100! [Deal]

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 10:39 AM PST

1624171a28fae7938bd1f1d9ce744dc35f6fc5ec_main_hero_imageBeats, the universal symbol for sonic perfection. The iconic reflective logo shines around the world, and beneath that flawless exterior lies superior sound down to every detail. These Solo HD headphones distinctly feature a matching cord, headband, and ear cups, and rock unique, bold, colors through and through. With a tri-fold design for easy portability,

The post Bag Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones for under $100! [Deal] appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Google Expands Local Guides Program With Point System And New Benefits

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 10:05 AM PST

unnamedGoogle announced yesterday on their Lat Long Blog that the Local Guides program was receiving one of the largest updates since its inception. Local Guides is a global community of people who love to contribute to Google Maps. These contributions come in the form of writing reviews, uploading photos, adding new places, answering questions, and fixing data about businesses. Millions of people around the world rely on information in Google Maps every day to navigate to their destination or choose where they want to eat dinner, so having more information at their disposal can only be a good thing.

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Google Expands Local Guides Program With Point System And New Benefits was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Moto X Pure Edition to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow in ‘next few weeks’

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 08:09 AM PST

Marshmallow is on its way! Photo: MotorolaMotorola's latest Moto X Pure Edition will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow "in the next few weeks," senior director David Schuster has confirmed. The update will bring a whole host of new features and improvements, including Doze, new apps permissions, Google Now on Tap, and more. Thanks to its near stock Android software, the Moto X Pure Edition

The post Moto X Pure Edition to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow in 'next few weeks' appeared first on Cult of Android.

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How to SIM unlock the LG G4

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 06:38 AM PST

The LG G4 is one of the most popular Android phones of 2015. It's fast, sleek and it has an incredible camera. You get the option to customize the look of the phone with leather back panels, which come in a half dozen different colors. If you're reading this article, chances are that you purchased the LG G4 at an amazing price from your service provider and you're now looking for the SIM unlock code for your phone because you're planning to travel overseas or want to switch carriers.

Fortunately, SIM unlocking the LG G4 is fairly simple, and we've outlined two different ways you can go about getting your unlock code.

Getting your LG G4 SIM unlock code

  • Open the LG G4′s dialer
  • Dial *#06# and your LG G4′s IMEI number will appear on the screen
  • Write the IMEI down on a piece of paper for easy reference

Option 1: Request your SIM unlock code form your service provider
There's a good chance that you can get a free SIM unlock code for your LG G4 from your service provider, as long as your account is in good standing and the phone is paid in full.

  • Call your service provider
  • Politely ask the customer service rep for the SIM unlock code for your phone
  • Provide them with the IMEI number of your phone
  • If you meet your service provider's requirements, your SIM unlock code will be emailed to you in 2-5 days.

Option 2: Buy your SIM unlock code

Free options are always nice, but you can buy a SIM unlock code if you do not meet your service provider's requirements for getting a free one. Android SIM Unlock lists LG G4 SIM unlock codes for $7.80 (7.25€ or £5.25) and promises to deliver the code in under 30 minutes.

  • Visit Android SIM Unlock (or any other SIM unlocking service)
  • Select the LG G4 SIM unlocking tool
  • Enter your phone's IMEI number and your email address
  • Enter your payment details to complete your order
  • Your LG G4 SIM unlock code will be emailed to you in 30 minutes or less

Unlock your LG G4

  • Turn your phone off
  • remove the back panel and battery from the LG G4
  • Replace your service provider's SIM card with a SIM card from a different carrier
  • Insert the battery and snap on the back cover of the phone
  • Turn the phone back on
  • When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code your received from Android SIM Unlock of your service provider
  • Your LG G4 is now SIM unlocked

Now that your LG G4 is SIM unlocked, it can be used on any compatible GSM network across the globe. This means you can pick up a local SIM card when traveling overseas or even switch service providers within your country without worrying about getting a new phone. If you know of another way to SIM unlock the LG G4, please share it in the comments.

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HomeUX Review: A Fresh, Elegant, And Unique Take On Android Launchers

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 06:35 AM PST


Coming across a genuinely new launcher interface and paradigm on Android is rare. Most third-party clients try to emulate the default Android launcher and add some customizations and improvements here and there. Not to undermine the power of something like Nova Launcher, but there's only so many times you can swipe left and right between homescreens or tap to open and close an app drawer before you wonder what that new launcher you installed does differently.

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HomeUX Review: A Fresh, Elegant, And Unique Take On Android Launchers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Microsoft Is Rolling Out OneNote Badge, A Floating Button To Make Saving To OneNote Easier Within Other Apps

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 06:35 AM PST


Back in August, we talked about a new OneNote feature called "Floatie," which was a terrible name. The feature was interesting, though, so it's all good news now that Microsoft says the floating button is here to stay and that they are now calling "Badge," which is much less terrible.

The gist of it is that saving information from other apps into OneNote can be a real pain sometimes, so if you know you'll be taking notes for yourself or cutting and pasting things then you can just keep the Badge around all the time.

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Microsoft Is Rolling Out OneNote Badge, A Floating Button To Make Saving To OneNote Easier Within Other Apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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New Chrome exploit puts all Android phones at risk

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 06:23 AM PST

Google's had quite a tough year keeping its Android system secure. Following the Stagefright debacle, any Android phone running Chrome is now vulnerable to a new exploit that uses JavaScript v8 to gain full administrator privileges on the device. Guang Gong discovered the Chrome vulnerability and demonstrated how it works at the PacSec conference in Tokyo. When an Android phone uses the Chrome browser to access a website that hosts the malicious code, an application can be installed onto the phone without any knowledge or interaction by the user.

Fortunately, Google is already aware of the exploit and is working to patch the holes with a future update to the Chrome app. Guang Gong has not shared the full details of the exploit with the public, but will likely do so once the threat has passed.

Do you think Stagefright and this new Chrome exploit will have a lasting impact on the public's perception of Android?

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Google Sheets Gets A Commenting Feature, More Improvements To Android Chart Management, And 400 New Fonts On Mobile While Docs Gets Some Collaboration Improvements

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 06:05 AM PST

sheetsIf there's one place that Google Docs is a market leader, it's where it comes to collaboration. A web app was a natural place to build on the familiar commenting features from Microsoft Word and make them work in real time and without formal software requirements. On the other hand, we don't normally think about spreadsheets in those terms. With the latest updates to Sheets, though, Google is bringing comments to Android and the web.

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Google Sheets Gets A Commenting Feature, More Improvements To Android Chart Management, And 400 New Fonts On Mobile While Docs Gets Some Collaboration Improvements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Apple is killing Beats Music this month

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 01:39 AM PST

Bid farewell to Beats Music. Photo: AppleApple has confirmed that it will shut down its Beats Music streaming service on November 30. The news comes just days after Apple Music finally arrived on Android, and users are being encouraged to switch over to its new platform. Apple makes it easy for Beats Music users to migrate their profile — including picks and

The post Apple is killing Beats Music this month appeared first on Cult of Android.

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New Geekbench Scores Reveal The Xiaomi Mi 5 Will Sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 10:24 PM PST

I've always been interested in knowing which OEM successfully launches a phone with the newest SoC and it looks like Xiaomi may beat the others to the punch by being the first to use Qualcomm's newest and baddest Snapdragon 820 SoC.


According to new Geekbench scores done on an unreleased Xiaomi phone with codename Gemini, the phone uses a msm8996 chipset (which is the Snapdragon 820) with 3GB of RAM. This could very well be the upcoming Mi5. However, the real kicker here is the actual score itself. It managed 2162 in single core testing and 5116 in multi core testing which pretty much beats every single phone out there (except for Apple's A9 SoC in the single core test).

The Snapdragon 820 was officially announced a few days ago and the semiconductor giant has already started delivering their chips to OEMs to use. Now it's just a matter of when those OEMs will release products with the Snapdragon 820 inside.


New Geekbench Scores Reveal The Xiaomi Mi 5 Will Sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

The post New Geekbench Scores Reveal The Xiaomi Mi 5 Will Sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Play Music v6.1 Adds Auto-Offline Music Caching, Prepares For Family Plans And Android Wear With Speakers [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 06:58 PM PST


With all of the activity surrounding YouTube Red, including a brand new YouTube Music app, it seems like a good time for a Play Music update. Version 6.1 just landed and aside from a mysterious new "Auto-offline" feature and a bit of cleanup in the Settings screen, it looks like a pretty typical bug fix release. However, the teardown tells a different story. It looks like this version also brings support for the recently announced family plans and Android Wear speaker support.

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Play Music v6.1 Adds Auto-Offline Music Caching, Prepares For Family Plans And Android Wear With Speakers [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Verizon releases Ellipsis 10 tablet with 9100mAh battery

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 03:41 PM PST

Verizon has launched a new LTE tablet on its site called the Ellipsis 10, and it actually seems like a decent offering. Its focus is on battery life, which it achieves with a large 9,100mAh battery that can achieve 25 hours of use.

Other specs include a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad core processor, 16GB of storage with a microSD slot supporting up to 32 extra gigabytes, a 5MP camera, and Android 5.1 Lollipop. It also has stereo angular speakers with a "smart amplifier." And of course, it features Verizon LTE support.

You can get it for $299.99 full price, $199.99 with a 2-year contract, or $12.49 a month for 24 months with $0 down. It honestly seems like a decent deal on a tablet, though only real world use will determine how good it really is.

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